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Ybor City Historic District

Tampa, Florida
County of Hillsborough.
National Register Number: 74000641
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: FL-11 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Town.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Founded in 1886, Ybor City is significant in Spanish- and Cuban-American immigration history. The district is also of importance in American industrial history, for it contains the largest collection of buildings related to the cigar industry in America and probably the world. In addition to factories, the district's buildings include workers' housing; the ethnic clubs organized by Ybor City's immigrants, who included Italians and Germans as well as Cubans and Spaniards; and the commercial buildings that served the community. Most buildings date to the first two decades of the 20th century. Historically, Ybor City was a rare multi-ethnic and multi-racial industrial community in the Deep South and it is highly illustrative of manifold aspects of the history of ethnic and race relations.

All changes to the historic district, including new construction and the moving of buildings in advance of a highway project through the district must now be approved by The Barrio Latino Commission Moving of buildings to avoid demolition to prepare for the highway is now complete.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The National Park Service should update the present National Historic Landmark documentation to reflect the changes.

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